Instructional technology / distance education

Elsevier partners with edX to provide free versions of textbooks to MOOC students

Academic Publishing

Elsevier will offer free (but basic) digital versions of one of its textbooks to MOOC students through edX, hoping it will drive traditional sales.

First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model


As the first humanities MOOCs hit the ground, professors and students contemplate the limitations of Coursera's peer-grading system.

World Education University looks to ride the MOOC wave despite skeptics

World Education University, a company that wants to underwrite "free" degree programs by selling access to student information, exemplifies new wave of higher ed entrepreneurship.

'Conventional' online universities consider strategic response to MOOCs


How will MOOCs change the financial models of universities that have built revenue streams with credit courses online?

Despite rumors, creditialing still an impasse for universities offering MOOCs

Despite rumors that U. of Washington would be first to award credit for success in free online courses, universities remain at impasse over meaningful recognition of MOOC success.

U.Va. and 11 others become latest to plan MOOCs


Coursera signs up a dozen more top universities for massively open online courses -- including the U. of Virginia, whose online strategy was a touchstone for the recent administrative rift.

Liberal arts college explore uses of 'blended' online learning

Bryn Mawr experiments with artificially intelligent teaching software, says "blended" online learning might reinforce, rather than undermine, mission of small, residential colleges.

Experts speculate on possible business models for MOOC providers

Coursera, edX and Udacity are making a name for themselves by giving away "elite" courses free. But eventually their investors will want them to be self-sustaining and profitable. How might they do that?

McGraw-Hill, WGU announce deal that would shift accountability to content provider

Western Governors U. says it will pay McGraw-Hill for course content based on how well students do with it. Pearson is also using the model.

Shift from branch campuses reflects changes in educational delivery and demand

Shift from local to far-flung branch campuses in some parts of the country reflects changes in educational delivery and demand.


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